Each and every week here at INHAILER, not only are we always on the lookout for amazing new music to play for our listeners, we’re sent music from record promoters and label reps in hopes of getting their artists on the NACC (North American College & Community Radio) charts. Think the Billboard charts but with more of a focus on not only up and coming indie artists but those big name mainstays that are now headlining music festivals around the world. Listening to all of this music is a large undertaking and there is a lot of stuff that doesn’t quite make the cut. Here are the best of our new adds:
1. Florence & The Machine - High As Hope (Out June 29th on Republic Records)
South London artist Florence Welsh and her band are back with a new album out later this summer. Combining rock, soul, baroque and pop, this will be their first record since 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Collaborators on this record include Jamie XX (of The XX) Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr and Kelsey Lu.
Recommended If You Like: Lykke Li, Lorde, Regina Spektor
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Hunger
2. La Luz - Floating Features (Out May 11th on Hardly Art Records)
With their third record, La Luz combine doo wop, girl group pop, hazy surf and garage rock, which is the perfect soundtrack for summer. Recorded in dreamy Los Angeles, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological for their most ambitious record yet.
Recommended If You Like: Shannon & The Clams, Tijuana Panthers, Guantanamo Baywatch
What We’re Playing Off The Record: California Finally, Cicada
3. Protomartyr - Consolation E.P. (Out June 15th on Domino Records)
Formed in 2010 in Detroit, Protomartyr is 3 guys in their early 30’s (Greg Ahee, Alex Leonard, Scott Davidson) and Joe Casey who is in his 40’s. Before Protomartyr, lead singer Casey had never been in a band before but realized he had something special after jamming with then Butt Babies guitarist Ahee. Casey not only stands out with his swagger, brooding lyrics, and singing style but also the fact that he looks like a high school teacher hanging out with some grungy kids on stage. He stands out so much there’s a whole Tumblr page about him.
This new EP is in collaboration with Kelley Deal of The Breeders and brings the classic Protomartyr fury in combination with the powerful vocals of Deal.
Recommended If You Like: Preoccupations, Ought, Parquet Courts
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Wheel of Fortune
4. Matt & Kim - ALMOST EVERYDAY (Fader Label)
Known for the energetic and upbeat music and raw energy live shows, Matt & Kim are back with their 6th studio album. A married beacon of positivity, they recorded this new album while drummer Kim Schifino was in recovery for an ACL injury that occured during a performance in Mexico. Featuring Mark Hoppus, Kevin Ray of Walk The Moon, Santigold and Clairo, Almost Everyday will not disappoint.
Recommended If You Like: Passion Pit, Jukebox The Ghost, Grouplove
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Forever, Like I Used To Be, Glad I Tried
5. Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose (Out July 13th on Domino Records)
Dirty Projectors is Dave Longstreth with various collaborators and band-mates. Past members include Battles member Tyondai Braxton, former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, Angel Deradoorian, and now ex-girlfriend Amber Coffman who contributed largely to the band from 2007-2013. Their breakup followed their biggest record yet, 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan. Longstreth released his next album in 2017 which had a much darker tone and explored their break-up. Now he is back with his upcoming album Lamp Lit Prose that is the yin to the yang of the brooding self-titled. Featuring Amber Mark, Empress Of, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and Rostam, this record is shaping up to be a much happier and lighter album.
Check out the music video for Break-Thru of Dave dancing with tropical birds:
Recommended If You Like: Deerhunter, Destroyer, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Break-Thru